A vintage bicycle with a basket of flowers in an Americana palette? Yes, please! This quick-to-stitch pattern is just right for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, the 4th of July, or even just as part of a year-round Americana display. The full text of the design reads "We Remember." As stitched, the pattern uses shades of red, white, blue, yellow, green, brown, black, and gray. PATTERN DETAILS: This design suggests threads from Weeks Dye Works and DMC. DMC alternatives are given for the Weeks Dye Works threads. The pattern uses whole stitches only. The model is stitched over 2 on 28 count Antique White Jobelan using 2 ply thread. The stitch count is 97w x 58h and measures approximately 6 5/8"w x 4"h when stitched on 28 count/equivalent. WHERE TO BUY RECREATE THE LOOK: Did you know Cherry Hill Stitchery has tutorials? If you aren't sure how to finish your piece yourself, I'd be honored if you let me offer a little free YouTube help :). The Cherry Hill Stitchery FlossTube channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwE3eY-HpHMnWk8zddrBIlA/
Specific details for this model are as follows (and should make more sense if you watch the tutorials or if you already know how to make a mounted flat)-- 1.) The finished cross stitch piece was wrapped around a piece of padded backing board cut to 7 5/8"w x 5"h. The tutorial explaining how to do this is found here: https://youtu.be/BHFKbR4OWzc)
2.) The backing boards used to wrap in fabric were cut to 9 5/8"w x 7"h. I used navy blue fabric with little white stars from Riley Blake Celebrate America. The tutorial explaining how to do this (and how to wrap your piece in cording) can be found here: https://youtu.be/vU4kZ59XRfU
3.) I used a Kreinik corder to spin DMC thread into cording. I wanted to make it look like I had used the same overdyed red floss in the pattern, so I used 4 strands of DMC 347 and 3 strands of DMC 304, cut 3x the perimeter of the mounted cross stitch piece before spinning. The link to the tutorial explaining how to ATTACH the cording to your piece is in #2, above. The tutorial explaining how to MAKE the cording is found here: https://youtu.be/90z2eMpVRNE
4.) The beige ribbon is a 2" ribbon from Offray (Linen 825 Natural). I used 2 bow pieces (this will all make more sense after watching the tutorial) cut to 12" before shaping them. For my "awareness ribbon method" bow, I used a 5/8" navy grossgrain from Offray (3097) that I cut 18" long. After I trimmed the tails to size and sealed the ends with Fray Check, I stacked them on the beige bow. For the red centerpiece, I used a fabric twisted rosette made from a red polka dot fabric, twisted to about 1 1/3" wide. I pulled the fabric from my stash so I can't give you the name of the collection it came from, but I believe it is from Moda. The tutorial explaining how to make rosettes out of ribbon can be found here.
5.) I glued pieces trimmed from a seasonal red berry pick (Walmart) underneath the beige bow pieces to finish the model. When you have a thicker bow, floral picks are great ways to balance the height of the bow against your stitched piece!
WHERE TO FIND MORE OBSCURE SUPPLIES:
You can find a Kreinik corder here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WV602Y/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_RYFJEbZFVZW8J Backing Board (what I wrapped in fabric and used to mount the piece) -- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017TJ985C/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_UkZyEbC9Z2DKS
Aleen's Tacky Glue (what I used to adhere the fabric and cross stitch piece to backing board)-- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EK7LGH4/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_xmZyEb2YYNVSJ
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